Pencil Sketches of Julie; the Next Character from My Comic in Development

in comics •  7 months ago

My last post ended with the words... "Next up... sketches of Julie!" ... and true to my word here they are!

If you're new to the party you're welcome to trace your way back through my most recent posts to see that I've been plowing through these "practice sheets" with some regularity recently. I started with Sarah, moved on to Dave, and arrived here at Julie.


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Head Studies of "Julie"; 2H Mechanical Pencil on 2 Ply Smooth Bristol Board

These studies are helping me keep my pencil hand moving, and defining the art direction I'd like to move in with my comic, "I Thought It Would Be Zombies..." while I work on planning, scripting, and layouts on the side. I'm fairly happy with how they're turning out, though it was difficult for me to capture the "Julieness" here... In finished work she'll be much more readily identifiable, because she's... green!

In the world of "I Thought It Would Be Zombies...", Julie is a newly sentient plant, an elemental or dryad of sorts. Don't let her looks fool you, this "lady" is the muscle of the crew!


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Early concept art of Julie, from one of the first posts I ever made on Steemit

Still plenty more to do in the writing and prep, so expect a few more sketch pages like this! We're still missing one member of our initial foursome... the enigmatic Bonnie! You'll be seeing her in a few days!

Until then, I remain...

-Bryan "the Imp" Imhoff


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This looks great!

As always doing an excellent job. ;)

Neato! The head studies-style kind of reminds me of Duncan Fegredo. That was my first impression, anyways :D

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That’s some good company for me to be in! Glad you like them. I’ve just been referencing photos as I draw these so they’re closest to my “style” which is built from many years of comics reading! It’s kind of surprising seeing what comes out sometimes.

Very well done! I love the facial expressions.

I love the pencils!
P.S. Thanks for the upvote .)

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Thank you and you’re welcome. You create beautiful work, well deserving of upvotes!

Wanted to thank you for the recent support. Looking at your art finally, I must say it's a bit flattering. I'm genuinely interested in the concept behind Julie here--it's an idea I'm kicking myself for not coming up with, given I'm wanting to do fantasy/sci-fi comics if I can actually practice enough to develop the art style I seek.

What thickness mechanical pencil are you using?

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No need for thanks! Your comic emojis always catch my eye as I scroll through my feed, I love ‘em!

And thank you! Julie is actually based off of a real friend who is lovably quirky and highly entertaining. She’s going to provide a great “reverse viewpoint.” While the humans will be marveling at the magic, she’ll be a fresh set of eyes on the remnants of our mundane culture.

I use a .5 mm, right now with 2H lead but I really need to pick up some 4H for even lighter sketching & values.

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That's great to hear. I learned only last week that the Awesome Face macro peaked somewhere around 2010, so I can't be doing that badly for a microminnow. Requests are welcome, and I'll certainly be putting many up, including ones outside of the comic world(s.) A higher percentage of my work will eventually be my own comic ideas(which are elaborate, but greatly slowed by writer's block and lack of drawing practice) and more complex digital/traditional art, but now I'm focused on posting anything I don't mind others seeing. :)

That's even more interesting knowing she's based off of a person. I do try to add some metaphors in when giving someone characterization if it seems organic to me.

Ah, I see. I mostly use 4H .3mm since thin lines won't crowd as easily, 4H won't smudge so easily and I end up inking things digitally in most cases. Others will certainly be needed if I'm to also improve on my purely traditional art--finding a way through the problem rather than around it is ultimately ideal.

So, you just use a couple of hardness levels for multiple values?

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The primary cast of my whole comic is based off of friends. It makes it fun for me, and easier to launch off of their personalities and build great characterizations, even if they may deviate from the "source" person in the end. Luckily they're all down for it and are even willing to help me out with custom photo references, mainly to get some great facial expressions!

And yeah, I'm actually not really concerned about values, as these are destined for inks as well, so I'm planning on moving more to the 4H purely for smudging and cleanliness as well. I do use disposable cloth gloves with all the fingers cut off but the pinky... it helps immensely. A great trick if you've never tried it!

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I need to think of which friends might "contribute" to my work in that way. I already based 4 of them at least off of aspects of my own personality, but that's a long story. I end up using photo references from videos and image searches since I usually don't even think to consider friends. But then, I'm often going for very specific looks.

I threw down the money for a SmudgeGuard 2 maybe 1-2 years ago, though I've only used it for my Wacom Cintiq. I should get/make a separate one for traditional work for sure!

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I think it's unavoidable that every character will have some aspect of your own personality. It certainly is for me. When I base characters off friends I warn them not to take it personally if they act "out of character" of what the person might actually do... or if I have to kill them off or do horrible things to them! It's all a jumping off point but in the end the story dictates the direction for sure.

I have a SmudgeGuard as well for digital, and was using it for my pencil work but noticed I couldn't really tell when it got dirty and "saturated" with graphite. It got less effective at preventing smudging over time. So I went back to cheap white cloth gloves so I could see how dirty they were and either clean them or just throw them out when needed!

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Yeah, that likely is inevitable, and I'm not complaining at all as far as this work goes. I was deliberately "splitting" myself up into separate protagonists in a team/crew in order to intensify personality aspects by dedicating individual characters to them. Others in my past have been far less deliberate than that, but still a bit based on me.

We have some similar thought processes--I was worried about "wasting" a SmudgeGuard as well as the need to tell when it needs a wash.

Thanks for the humongoid SBD post. I'll need to read it again to make sure of what questions I may have, but it cleared up a lot of confusion, probably most of it for anything outside of the "how do I turn this into real money" realm.

She....is...GROOOOOOOT!

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I’ve totally brainstormed ways to work in humorous Groot references, the comparison is unavoidable!

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